Isaiah Wong is one of the most slept on elite prospects in 2019. He is quick, explosive and hard to contain one on one. It was a battle between such major programs for his services before he ultimately decided on the Miami Hurricanes. Wong was ranked the 71st prospect in the nation by Rivals, 78th by ESPN, and 75th by 247 sports for the 2019 class. He was rated a high 4-star by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 sports and played at an elite level against all the top prospects in the nation. He dominated competition playing for Monsignor Bonnor and was ranked the 3rd ranked prospect in New Jersey and 10th ranked combo guard in the nation for 2019 by 247 sports. In my opinion he is definitely a 5-star player. I had a conversation with him about his commitment to Miami and what he brings to the Hurricanes.
What made the Miami Hurricane program stand out the most that made you commit?
Isaiah: I think that they have a great program that I could see myself in. I could see me having a big role on this team and be a leader. They also were all about family and I felt a connection with Coach Fisher and Coach L right away.
LJ: Tell me where you are from? How was it growing up to this point? When did you know you wanted to play basketball?
Isaiah: I’m from Piscataway, New Jersey. It was fun there and I have great childhood memories from there. We had a house there with my four brothers and my mom in a small community with a park and a hoop right across the street. I have a lot of good friends in the community that I consider family that helped me build the foundation of who I am today. I started to show my love of basketball around the age of 3.
LJ: You dropped a final 5. We now know Miami was number one. Can you name your top schools in order starting with Miami?
Isaiah: Miami, Nova, UCONN, Pittsburgh and Clemson
LJ: What did you average last season? What have been the stats of your best game this season?
Isaiah: I averaged 22.2 ppg, 7RPG, 3APG last season and my best stats this season is 40 points 18 rebounds and 4 assists.
LJ: You always are one of the best AAU players in the nation. What have been the stats of your best AAU game?
Isaiah: 31ppg 5APG 7RPG in my 2017-2018 season
LJ: Villanova, one of Philly’s prized programs, was recruiting you hard for a minute. How did Miami ultimately get chosen over Villanova?
Isaiah: Nova is definitely one of those schools that is going to be one of the top picks for any of the top players and when I got the offer they automatically were a top pick for me, but when I went on my unofficial visit to Miami it felt like home.
LJ: I always felt you were a 5-star player. What will scouts see from you that has made you a better player this season?
Isaiah: Scouts will see a more dominant player on the floor and more leadership from me this season
LJ: Your mom is a big supporter. How has she influenced you growing up?
Isaiah: Having my mom support me through this process has made it easier for me to work on improving my game and just focus on being my best at all times. She has never missed a game while I was traveling and has always found ways for us to manage while she was raising my brothers and I on her own. Seeing her strength and how she prioritized us really helped me to appreciate the value of her support and motivates me to reach my dreams no matter what.
LJ: What struggles did you have to overcome that the basketball world doesn’t know about you that has made you a stronger man?
Isaiah: There were many times where I was overlooked for invites to showcase games even after proving myself against a lot of the top players in the country because I didn’t have the hype around my name and I used it to motivate me to improve myself in the areas that matter so I can stand out in other ways. I’ve always trusted the process and focused on winning by making others around me better.
LJ: Proud of you Isaiah Much success to you. What type of player is Hurricane nation getting?
Isaiah: A hard working play maker with a high basketball IQ who loves being a student of the game that wins!